HP announced Virtual Application Networks, a new cloud functionality that speeds application deployment, simplifies management and ensures network service level agreements (SLAs) in cloud and other dynamic computing models across the HP FlexNetwork architecture.
Virtual Application Networks provide a virtualized view of a network- abstracted from the physical equipment- that transforms a rigid physical enterprise network into a programmable, multitenant and application-aware virtual network. Virtual Application Networks use templates to characterize application-delivery requirements and ensure optimal application performance and reliability. This enables IT staff to deploy new cloud applications to users in minutes rather than weeks and ensure SLAs are consistently met by using templates to automate network orchestration.
“In the cloud era, clients need to be able to deploy applications on the fly to any device and any user accessing the network from anywhere with guaranteed quality of service levels,” said Kash Shaikh, Director, Global Product Marketing, HP Networking. “Today, only HP is positioned to provide clients with a completely virtualized network from the data center to the end user, managed by a single platform that is capable of deploying new applications within minutes.”
Virtual Application Networks tap into the intelligence of server, storage and network hardware to automate provisioning and configuration tasks, while optimizing performance. Virtual Application Networks actively leverage elements of Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies, including OpenFlow, which is available on multiple HP Networking switch families that were pioneered by HP with key industry partners.
Enterprise applications and services are increasingly being delivered from the cloud, and network plays a critical role. The consumption of media-rich content and explosion of virtualized applications have increased the demands on enterprise networks. HP’s Virtual Application Network strategy is a good example of path forward for enterprises seeking to embrace the cloud computing paradigm.
HP also expands Virtual Application Networks with solutions that simplify mobile device access, automate secure site-to-site connectivity and improve rich media application performance. The new offerings include modules for HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC), to simplify on-boarding, provisioning and monitoring of employee-owned devices across wired and wireless networks.
The new HP Dynamic Virtual Private Network (DVPN) enables the automation of secure network connectivity to any location. The company also introduced a high-performing HP 10500 campus core switch that delivers industry-leading throughput for rich media applications.
“HP’s Virtual Application Networks solutions ensure that our clients are able to transform their networks to securely embrace the demands of new devices and rich applications with a unified approached,” Shaikh said.